Apple is the main purchaser of corporations within the world synthetic intelligence house, based on knowledge shared at present by GlobalData. From 2016 to 2020, Apple acquired the best variety of AI corporations, beating out Accenture, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, all of whom additionally had a excessive variety of AI acquisitions.
Over the course of the final a number of years, Apple has purchased corporations like Emotient, Turi, Glimpse, RealFace, Shazam, SensoMotoric, Silk Labs, Drive.ai, Laserlike, SpectralEdge, Voysis, XNOR.ai, and extra, all with the goal of enhancing the AI and machine studying capabilities of its services and products.
Apple doesn’t make all of its acquisitions public, so it is potential there are different synthetic intelligence corporations that Apple has bought which have gone below the radar.
During Apple’s February shareholders assembly, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that Apple had acquired near 100 corporations over the course of the final six years. “We’re not afraid to have a look at acquisitions of any dimension,” stated Cook. “Focus is on small, revolutionary corporations that complement our merchandise and assist push them ahead.”
According to GlobalData analyst Aurojyoti Bose, rising competitors within the AI house has led to an acquisition spree.
“Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook collectively undertook 60 acquisitions within the AI tech house throughout 2016-2020 whereas Apple led the race with 25 acquisitions. AI has remained a key focus space for tech giants and rising competitors to dominate the house has resulted in an acquisition spree amongst these corporations.”
Many of Apple’s acquisitions have been aimed toward enhancing Siri. Apple bought Inductiv to enhance Siri’s knowledge, whereas Voysis was acquired to enhance Siri’s understanding of pure language. PullString, in the meantime, makes it simpler for iOS builders to make use of Siri options in apps.
“Apple has gone on a procuring spree in efforts to meet up with Google (Google Assistant) and Amazon (Alexa). Siri was first available on the market, nevertheless it constantly ranks beneath the 2 by way of “smartness”, which is partly why Apple is way behind in good speaker gross sales. Apple additionally need to ensure that to maintain its sturdy place inside wearables. It is the dominant participant in smartwatches. The acquisition of Xnor.ai final year was made to enhance its on-edge processing capabilities, which has turn out to be essential because it eliminates the necessity for knowledge to be despatched to the cloud, thereby enhancing knowledge privateness.”
Other acquisitions are aimed toward future merchandise, like Drive.ai, a self-driving startup that Apple bought in 2019, presumably to additional its autonomous automobile improvement project.
All of the above listed corporations are additionally on an “AI talent-hiring spree” and collectively posted greater than 14,000 jobs within the AI house in 2020.